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I live in Fairbanks, Alaska and I made the mistake of wearing my summer hiking pants and going outside the other day and boy did I regret it! I quickly changed into a pair of softshell pants that were much better suited to the cold! I find that softshell pants do a great job of balancing between providing a little extra warmth (but not too much) and all the features you'd want in a technical pant (water resistance, stretch, breathability, etc.) Depending on the conditions you face (wet or dry, freezing cold or just moderately cold) and what your planned activity is (hiking, running, snowshoeing, skiing, etc) the kind of pants that will be best suited for you may vary. You'll want to think about giving yourself a little extra room in case you're considering adding a base layer as well.